Sketchup Conception and First Phase

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Blog entry by johngoes posted 12-28-2008 06:25 AM 936 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First I wish to embarrass myself – the following picture is of the garage storage area that came with my house:

Ugly Garage Wall

My wife and I have organized and re-organized that shelf so many times but it always becomes a collecting place for junk. So, I am going to replace that wall with the locker and cabinets on the left side of this sketchup drawing:

Garage Workshop Plan

To get from the wall of horror to the neat cabinet wall first requires that I rip out the existing shelving and that will happen when we get the backyard storage shed in the next coupla months. In the meantime, I made a significant improvement on the right hand side of the shop in the lumber storage area. Several years ago I came across a plan to build a diagonal plywood storage box that I attached in the back with hinges and the front bottom has a swivel caster wheel. However, when I installed it I didn’t put it back far enough to store a full 4’ x 8’ sheet. Yesterday, after years of grumbling I moved it back 16” and now can store four full sheets behind the box and the box itself stores the cutoffs. Made a huge difference in organization and space!

So as time goes on. I’ll write about my shop improvements.

-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsmen can hide his mistakes!

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#1 posted 12-28-2008 01:42 PM

I have often said that getting by the inertia associated with the start of any project is one of the more challenging parts of completing a project. But you appear to have done so in that the creation of your drawing brings a mental commitment and planning to the project.

The plan looks pretty good to me and it is an improvement on the garage wall as it now exists. The only comment I would have is that with the swing of the plywood rack it looks like the position of the table saw will be an issue and, I assume, that the outside wall must have a garage door that is not shown otherwise you will not be able to get the plywood sheets out of the rack. Of course you will have to open the door to get the sheets out but that is one of the trade-offs that those of us with garage shops have to face.

Nice start.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 12-28-2008 04:28 PM

Thanks for the comment. I am a master procrastinator when when it comes to starting projects. So I totally agree with your inertia comment.

On the plywood rack – I am putting full sheets behind the rack. The rack itself holds partial sheets and its swing doesn’t interfere with the TS. BTW, the TS in the sketchup is bigger than my Delta Shopmaster 200. I have tacit permission for a TS upgrade from the missus but am waiting to see if more models come out with the riving knife.

-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsmen can hide his mistakes!

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#3 posted 12-28-2008 04:40 PM

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#4 posted 12-31-2008 04:28 AM


Good luck!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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